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Sales of our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.

  

  

Governor LePage Signs Maine's GMO Labeling Bill!

Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to help Maine become the second state in the country to require labeling of GMO foods!

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MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop Level I
Sunday, May 4

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
362 Flat Rd., West Bethel.
$50/members, $60/non-members


Whether you are an aspiring logger, woodlot manager or occasional chainsaw user, this course is invaluable. The chainsaw is an amazingly powerful tool, but without proper training and knowledge it can be a very dangerous tool. Work with our highly skilled instructors for the day and learn to use your chainsaw safely. Participants should bring their protective equipment and a lunch. Water is available. Registration.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Just Because Science Can Genetically Engineer Foods, Doesn't Mean We Should
Forbes - 8/26/2013.
By Beth Hoffman - Journalists on both sides of the argument seem to have forgotten there are many ways aside from “ science” to describe the world around us, and that there are other highly effective tools out there to solve hunger and malnutrition besides genetic engineering.
Islands not immune from bee colony collapse
The Working Waterfront - 8/26/2013.
By Eliza Drury - One third of the crops grown in the United States for consumption are pollinated by bees. In Maine alone, the 60,000 acres of blueberry barrens are pollinated almost exclusively by bees, and make up a $250 million industry. Yet honey bees are suffering dramatic losses from Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), defined as a loss of greater than 30 percent of a colony quickly, and without obvious cause. One such case has been reported on North Haven.
The promise [and uncertainties] of Biochar
Crops, Soils, Agronomy News Magazine - 8/26/2013.
By Nancy Maddox - In 2000, there were about a dozen articles on biochar in the scientific literature. In 2012, 3,000-plus. In between occurred what some have called a “biochar revolution.” Biochar—the trendy, yet ancient soil amendment now available at Whole Foods Market—has been known to man for thousands of years. Today, it is discussed as a possible means to reduce dependence on nonrenewable energy reserves, enhance agricultural productivity, reduce environmental pollution, and simultaneously reverse climate change.
HB 1 tackles issue of labeling genetically modified food
The Current - 8/26/2013.
By Bruce Ritchie - The debate over genetically modified foods may be coming to Florida's Capitol, if a bill filed for the 2014 session can get heard in a committee.
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April - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA (postponed from April 12)

April 23 - MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

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